Atlanta had a point to prove today, and that point was that “black lives matter”. Protestors lined up across the downtown connector, highways 75 & 85, North and South. They were holding signs and had their arms raised, in support of Mike Brown and every other young black life taken this year alone. The parents of Kendrick Johnson, the GA student who’s body was found rolled up in a gym mat, were present. I’m sure the rush hour commuters weren’t happy about traffic, however the meaning behind the madness was beautiful. Shutting down a major highway during the highest traffic hour was genius, in my opinion. Every one had no choice but to sit still and listen to what they had to say. The police came after almost an hour of stand-still traffic, and urged protestors to disburse. No arrests were made, no one was hurt.
The protestors are a group identified only as “Rise Up”, they have a twitter account and a fully functioning website. Rise Up fights against equality rights in GA, especially wages. They plan on taking over the polls on October 28th.
On Tuesday October 28, Rise Up is partnering with The Gen Y Project, the League of Young Voters, Georgia Equality, the Feminist Womens Health Center, and others to host a day of activities we’re calling Takeover the Polls.
The day of action will kick off at 10am with a rally at Woodruff Park followed by a March to the Polls downtown. At 12pm, we’ll kick off a Voting BLOC Party at Washington Park– with food, music, art, games, giveaways, and more to encourage people to vote at the nearby polling station.
Protect early voting! Join us and make your voice heard.
10am: March to the Polls
Meet at Woodruff Park
91 Peachtree St.
12pm: Voting BLOC Party at the Polls
102 Ollie St. NW
Georgia is in a crisis and the time to act is now.
One in five people in our state live below the poverty line. Year after year, funding for education has been slashed, while the Department of Corrections has seen their budget swell. Tens of thousands of foreclosures combined with sky-rocketing rents has made it difficult for many families just to keep a roof over their head. Without key political changes impacting living wages, affordable housing, and better education opportunities, Georgians will continue to suffer.
Not all hope is lost. In light of recent events in Ferguson and around the country, a new generation of young people have been activated and are more motivated to show their collective power than ever. We are the largest, most diverse, most tolerant, most socially and economically progressive generational cohort in American history. To change Georgia, we want and need to ensure that a strong bloc of young voters in Atlanta gets to the polls.
RSVP now, and us make this event by spreading the word and inviting all your friends!
See you at the polls!